2023 Solo and Small Firm Summit

Event Description

Final Day to Register Online 5/2. Walk-In Space Available! Register in-person. Questions? Email Kara Haro kharo@mnbars.org

The Solo and Small Firm Summit is a day of CLEs designed by and for solo and small firm lawyers. This year, we are excited to welcome everyone back to an in-person event! Reconnect with colleagues and meet new ones.

Whether you have just come out of law school or stepping away from practice at a larger firm to strike it out on your own, or if you have been at this small-firm thing for a while, this program will offer ideas to improve and expand your practice.

This event is a collaborative effort by the MSBA Solo Small Practice Experience Section, MWL Solo and Small Practitioner Group, and RCBA Solo and Small Firm Section. Members of these groups can attend the event at a reduced rate of $45.


8:00-8:30 am | Breakfast and networking

8:30-9:30 am | Plenary | Lawyer as Business Owner, Leanne Fuith , Professor at Mitchell Hamline. 1.0 Standard CLE

9:45-10:45 am

  • Track 1 | Five Marketing Lessons Learned in Growing a Profitable Small Law Firm | Panelists: Bree Johnson, Managing Partner MJSB Employment Justice; James Gempeler, Co-Founder North Star Criminal Defense; and moderated by Brenda Sauro , Partner Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC. 1.0 Standard CLE
  • Track 2 |  Ethics, Mental Health & Well-Being in a Post-Covid Environment | Presenter Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Minnesota. 1.0 Ethics CLE

11:00-12:00 pm

  • Track 1 | Expanding your Business Without Full Time Employees | Panelists: Christine Courtney, Attorney and Owner, Courtney Law Office; Lisa Thoreson, Freelance Paralegal, Essential Litigation Partners; Jeff Muszynski, Attorney and Owner, Lagom Law, LLC; Moderator: Mary Szondy , Attorney and Owner, Mary Szondy Attorney At Law. 1.0 Standard CLE
  • Track 2 | Justice for the People: A Black Man's Journey Representing Black and Brown Folk in a Civil Justice System Built by and Made for White Folk | Presented by Joshua Williams, Attorney and Founder, Law Office of Joshua R. Williams, PLLC. Elimination of Bias CLE Program. 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE

12:15-1:00 pm | Lunch and networking

1:00-2:00 pm | Plenary | Designing a Law Firm that Aligns With the Life You Want to Live | Patrick Patino, Attorney at Patino King and Law Firm Consultant and Attorney Coach at Newfangled Legal. 1.0 Standard CLE

2:00-3:00 pm | Plenary | AI, ChatGPT & the Ethical Consequences for Lawyers | Todd Scott , Vice President Minnesota Lawyers Mutual 1.0 Ethics CLE

3:00-4:00 pm | Social Hour

CLE Credits: Event Code 486064

The Minnesota State Bar Association has applied to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 5.0 CLE Credits. We anticipate that 2 sessions will qualify for 1.0 Ethics Credit and one session will qualify for 1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits. In no case may you claim more than 5.0 total CLE credits for the 2023 Solo and Small Summit.


Section Member Rate: $45 (MWL use code MWLSOLO at checkout)
Non-Member Rate: $75
Law Student & New Admittee: $25

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, May 2

Remote Participation:  There is no remote participation for this event.

Covid-19:  We are currently following CDC guidelines for Covid-19. For more information, please visit the CDC's website regarding isolation and precautions for people with Covid-19.

Payments/Cancellations:  Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form . Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager: Kara Haro | kharo@mnbars.org| 612-278-6329



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Thursday, May 4, 2023

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center
6115 Earle Brown Dr
Minneapolis, MN 55430

In Person: 19